Equido – Buyer Beware…
Oct09

Equido – Buyer Beware…

By Morag Higgins WESI MRPCH BHSAI BscES EL4 I have touched on this subject before and it is frustrating that I feel I have to warn potential horse owners again.  When a rider decides to become a horse owner they have several choices ahead of them. Loan a horse – this option is great for the horse’s owner but does not always work out for the person taking the horse on loan.  The horse does not belong to them and can be taken back by...

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Who is Responsible for the Insurance of my Loan Pony?
Sep10

Who is Responsible for the Insurance of my Loan Pony?

With frequent dips in the market, many owners (and buyers) are looking to loan out horses and ponies rather than exchanging money for the ownership of the horse. This is a viable solution for both parties and is often a good compromise to resolve various financial or emotional situations. But what about insurance – who is responsible, the loaner or the loanee? In fact there is no right answer here. Either party can take over the...

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Buying “at a distance”
Jan19

Buying “at a distance”

by Lindsay Watts During the recent Christmas period you will probably have entered into more contracts – mostly for the purchase of Christmas goodies and gifts – than at any other time of the year.  It is always safest to buy something when you can see and touch it beforehand – in other words, in a shop. But buying through catalogues and the internet have happened and buying goods when you are not face to face with the seller is now...

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The Horse Passports (Scotland) Regulations 2005
Jan16

The Horse Passports (Scotland) Regulations 2005

by Lindsay Watts Humans have always eaten horses. Early cave paintings show them being hunted, and during the Napoleonic Wars, horses killed in battle were routinely eaten by the infantry on both sides. During the First World War a contract existed between the British Army and a Belgian company for the supply of all the horse carcases killed in battle, which the company then turned into food for human consumption. It is still consumed...

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So you have finally decided to buy…
Nov07

So you have finally decided to buy…

by Lindsay Watt – written for the Scottish Edition of Equi-Ads You have finally persuaded your partner/parents that buying a horse or pony is a good idea. You were persuaded months ago. What do you do now? I cannot give you sound advice. You need to get help from someone who has experience of horses, and knows about them. I cannot do that. I can only bring out the legal aspects of buying a horse, so that along with an...

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Microchipping – What’s the point!
Oct03

Microchipping – What’s the point!

by Ben Sturgeon, BSc;BVM&S; Cert EP;MRCVS It will come as little surprise that I have chipped quite a few foals recently.  After a few months out in fields they are now being brought in and the identification process is in full swing.  Many people are very happy with the requirements but I have a few clients who simply ask “is it safe?” Or “What’s the point of this?”  The answer can be quite long winded. Firstly the answer...

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